THE private firm behind controversial sickness benefit tests have been slammed for awarding their chief executive almost £1million in bonus payments.
International company Atos are contracted to reassess people claiming sickness and disability benefits.
Heart attack and lung-disease victims are among those the firm have assessed as being well enough to look for jobs.
According to Atos’ annual report, chairman and chief executive Thierry Breton received £1.95million in 2011.
Half the amount was his salary and the other half was a bonus. He received £1.83million the previous year.
Rutherglen and Hamilton West Labour MP Tom Greatrex said: “People will find it hard to believe that the boss of Atos sees fit to reward himself with millions in bonuses, while thousands of sick and disabled people in Scotland suffer.
“It will sicken those who have been through the Atos process to hear the company crow about their expertise in healthcare.
“Thousands of people have suffered because, time and again, incorrect decisions have been made on the back ofAtos assessments.”
Atos declined to comment on Breton’s bonus.